PROUD OF MY BRAVERY – Voice Acting was challenging as I had limited sleep the night before due to the Santa Ana winds rattling my cage all night, and the emotional demons rolling around in my head didn’t help. But as wrote yesterday, come what may, I intended to focus on the moment and to also tell myself, no matter what feedback I might get in the booth, “Thanks for helping me get used to pressure”. This technique was intended to calm me down so I could listen to the feedback and learn, and to also keep me from totally hyperventilating and thus losing my needed breath control for the next take.
Hooray! I did well and Marc, my director actually praised my acting in the spot. I’m happy, because my voice acting coach, David, did a great job prepping me for this one and I was proud of the attempt. Not only was I proud because I received positive feedback as well as what to improve, but that I faced a whoppin’ big fear. “Booth fright” was growing for me. And what is strange about that is I NEVER have stage fright when public speaking, as many do. Of course, in that case I’m just being myself (my stage self anyway).
The other great thing about focusing, TRULY focusing on the moment, is you don’t have time for depression. Your mind likes to devote itself to one track. Even multi-tasking is just changing focus very rapidly. So to focus each moment on what is most important at THAT time (in my case, the skills and techniques required for nailing a voice acting spot) kept me off the “depression” train for awhile. A nice relief, that.
Depression doesn’t just “poof away”, but you can do things to help yourself. And going ahead with my coaching and lessons was one thing I did to help myself.
Also, I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude to see the support in your comments and emails of my pondering a decision about the show, whatever that may be. It really made me feel good, AND your empathy helped me to take the pressure off of myself.
No worries, COD won’t go “poof”. If it changes or ends, you will get plenty of notice. I’m still in the early thought process right now and will follow my therapist’s advice not to make any decision until I’m free of depression’s grip once more.
Feb 3 will be the one year anniversary of the start of the show, and it will ALSO be day 100. Please call the bravery hotline or send some audio with your good wishes or jokes or stories or songs to help me celebrate this milestone. Both my VO acting coach David and my director Marc have agreed to interviews to help me celebrate. And I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. I REALLY hope you can find a way to be part of this milestone show too!
HIKING OR RECORDING – I may hike and record day 99 or go to the park for a stroll and some time on the podcast rock. I’m hoping to get Day 99 out this week so I can concentrate on show 100. We are also expecting stormy rain early in the week, and it’s sunny today. Doh! Can’t veg with junk TV and procrastinate. Kind of a good thing, that. In this moment, what do I want to concentrate on? Day 99.
How about you?
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BB (Body Balance) number 8 Sleep: 8 hours divided (decent both parts). Tummy/Gut: Gut only slightly full. Didn’t eat much yesterday, as I cannot do voice work on a full tummy. BUT I did have a good dinner when I came home. Not Hungry within one hour of waking, but will have a hiking breakfast before I go. Energy: High Moderate Mood: upbeat.
BB is my personal criteria, and I don’t think too hard about it. I ask myself at the keyboard, what is my BB? A number between 1-10, including halves, pops into my head. I write it in my post Then I figure out why it is higher or lower and gently make note.
If you are interested these are my measures.
- Sleep. Quality and Amount.
- Tummy/Gut – If I ate what my body asked for, usually above and below the belly button feel balanced. Ate too much, below the belly button feels more full. Ate too little, the reverse.
- Am I hungry within 1 hour of waking? I have found that I feel best if I am hungry within 1 hour of waking. This tends to make my eating day even and not heavy on food in the evening. But I don’t eat if not hungry unless I’m about to ride or hike. I’ve learned I need to fuel these morning activities, or I’ll bonk.
- What is my energy level? Subjective, but telling.
- A quick look at my mood.
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